Where to have a cow butchered/ processed?
I would like to find someone to butcher a cow, and be absolutely sure that the meat i get back is meat from my own cow. We are raising a very small herd of cattle (only 9) and so far, they have been pets. But now we're ready to reap the rewards and butcher one. These cows have been fed a very healthy diet (no grains, hormones, antibiotics); they are free-ranging; and frankly... spoiled. Therefore, i want to be sure that the butcher doesn't mix up our precious "Norman" with meat from a less happy cow. Thanks for any suggestions!
Give Jim at Richardson Farms a call. He has all his hogs processed locally, I think in Fredericksburg. I'm not sure about cattle. I'd be curious to know what you find, I thought that cattle required more govt regulation and thus harder for a small processor to do, but that is based on what I've read rather than what I know for sure.
For personal consumption, there is no government inspection required - just take it to a licensed processor and you will get your own cow back.
As tummoi stated, the best way to find a good processor would be to ask a small, local producer. Ask any of the meat vendors at the farmers markets, even if they don't sell beef. A processor will generally handle all types of animals. La Grange has a good one, Dutchman's in Fredericksburg is good, and there are several more in the area. Jim Richardson would be a great resource.